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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

admirable Quixote. There were quantities of pretty Vandykes, and all kin'ds of old pictures walked out of their frames. It was an assemblage of all ages and nations, and would have looked like the day of judgement, if tradition did not persuade us that we are all to meet naked, and if something else did not tell us that we shall not meet then with quite so much indifference, nor thinking quite so much of the becoming. My dress was an Aurengzebe: but of all extravagant figures, commend me to our friend the Countess !1T She and my Lord trudged in like pilgrims, with vast staffs in their hands ; and she was so heated, that you would have thought her pilgrimage had been, like Pantagruel's voyage, to the Oracle of the Bottle! Lady Sophia18 was in a Spanish dress—so was Lord Lincoln ; not, to be sure, by design, but so it happened. When the King came in, the Faussans10 were there, and danced an entree. At the masquerade the King sat by Mrs. Selwyn20, and with tears told her, that ' the Whigs should find he loved them, as he had done the poor man that was gone!' He had sworn that he would not speak to the Prince at their meeting, but was prevailed on.
I received your letter by Holland, and the paper about the Spaniards. By this time you will conceive that I can now speak of nothing to any purpose, for Sir B. does not meddle in the least with business.
As to the Sibyl, I have not mentioned it to him; I still am for the other. Except that, he will not care, I believe, to buy more pictures, having now so many more than he has room for at Houghton; and he will have but a small house in town when we leave this. But you must thank the dear Chutes for their new offers ; the obligations are too
"The Countess of Pomfret.TFaZ.poZs.         2° Mary   (d.   1777),   daughter   of
« Lady Sophia Fermor.                     General Farrington, and mother of
19 Two celebrated comic dancers.      George Augustus Seiwyn. Walpole,